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Over-50s World Cup -

Sydney 2018

The first ever Over-50s World Cup was an enormous success. Eight national sides gathered in Sydney in mid-November 2018 with little idea of what to expect. What followed was 3 weeks of excellent cricket played on the most magnificent grounds in tremendous spirit.

Matches were played with pink balls and were 45 overs a side. Each team played each other team, before the top 4 sides played off to reach the Cup Final and the bottom 4 played for the Plate. Australia ended up winning the Cup in a gripping final against Pakistan.

Below you can find scores from every game, photos and links to full statistics and media reports.

Round 1 - November 21

 

SOUTH AFRICA vs Wales

Wales pulled off something of an upset, tipping over South Africa by just 3 runs.  Wales hit 208/6 from their 45 overs, with good contributions from Steve Maddock (59), Neal Williams (45) and John Jones (35). On the back of an excellent 93 from opener Brad Bing, SA looked comfortable at 140/2, but Wales chipped away and restricted the Rhinos to just 205.

Wales 208/6 (Maddock 59, Williams 45, van der Rheede 2/23) beat South Africa 205/8 (Bing 93, Maddock 4/50) by 3 runs.

AUSTRALIA vs CANADA

Canada struggled against tight bowling from the hosts, with only Shantha Jayasekera passing 30. Their 149 was never going to test the Aussies, who cruised home by 8 wickets, with all of the top 4 batsmen contributing.

Canada 149 (S. Jayasekera 44, Smith 2/0) lost to Australia 150/2 (Santostefano 43*, Solway 40*) by 8 wickets

SRI LANKA vs ENGLAND

After putting on 31 for the first wicket, Sri Lanka lost all 10 wickets for just 71 runs, collapsing to 102 all out. Only Max Labrooy and Gary Gunasekere showed resistance, as Stephen Foster ripped through the batting order en route to 6/17 off 7.1 overs. In reply, England stuttered to 31/4 before Foster hit them home.

 

Sri Lanka 102 (Labrooy 28, Foster 6/17) lost to England 103/5 (Foster 43*, Nagendran 2/13) by 5 wickets

PAKISTAN vs New Zealand

Pakistan's star-studded top order made a steady start, putting on 99 before the 2nd wicket fell. NZ then put on the breaks before a late rally took Pakistan to 231/9. This looked insumountable when NZ crashed to 37/5, but Robinson and Dale put on 106 to bring NZ back in. Ultimately the early wickets made it too hard and Pakistan won by 10 runs.

Pakistan 231/9 (G. Ali 59, S. Abbas 44, Nuttall 3/41) beat New Zealand 221/9 (Robinson 75, Dale 61, Tauseef 3/30) by 10 runs. 

Round 2 - November 22

 

Australia vs New Zealand

New Zealand's top order failed again and were 60/4 before David Fulton and Robbie Kerr combined for a 92-run partnership that gave NZ a total of 171/7. That score looked competitive when Australia were 36/3 - and then 148/8 - but Pete Solway expertly guided his side home with 83*.

New Zealand 171/7 (Fulton 63, Kerr 48, Clark 3/45) lost to Australia 174/8 (Solway 83*, Doull 3/32) by 2 wickets

SOUTH africa vs England

South Africa's innings was based around 44 from David Duncan and 59 from Ralph Koster - no one else passed 11 in their score of 147. England's shaky top order was 44/3 but Neil Brathwaite, Stephen Foster and Steven Myles (completing an excellent all-round effort) saw them home safely, by 6 wickets.

South Africa 147 (Koster 59, Duncan 44, Myles 3/19) lost to England 151/4 (Brathwaite 57, Foster 34, van der Rheede 2/34) by 6 wickets

PAKISTAN vs Wales

After a delayed start and both openers being run out, Wales stuttered through to 153/7 from their 43 overs, with Maddock (43) continuing his good form and Mark Donovan (32* from 22) hitting out at the end. None of the Pakistani batsmen passed 40 but all contributed as the team cruised home with 7 overs to spare.

Wales 153/7 (Maddock 43, M. Donovan 32*, Hafeez 2/28) lost to Pakistan 154/5 (Kazmi 40, Hudson 3/15) by 5 wickets

Canada vs sri Lanka

In another low-scoring match, Sri Lanka scraped together 152/8 as the Canadians steadily chipped away. Only Seneviratne (45) showed any real stickability. However, Canada fell to 8/3 and 27/5 against the penetrative opening bowling of Rohan Ismail, ultimately doing well to reach 136. 

Sri Lanka 152/8 (Seneviratne 45, Gibson 1/14) beat Canada 136 (Kirmani 46, Ismail 4/22) by 16 runs.

Round 3 - November 25

 

SRI Lanka vs Wales

At Airey Park, Wales' total of 156 was again highlighted by some late-order hitting by Mark Donovan, who top-scored with 37. Sri Lanka's incisive early bowling was again on display as they had Wales 33/4. There were no heroes in the Sri Lankan response, but plenty of solid contributions. Wales had a sniff at 145/8, but the 9th wicket pair saw the Sri Lankans home.

Wales 156 (M. Donovan 37, D. de Silva 2/22) lost to Sri Lanka 157/8 (Seneviratne 38, O'Connor 2/17) by 2 wickets

Pakistan vs South Africa

Pakistan dined out on some tired South African bowling, to the tune of 274/5 from 45 overs. Ghaffar Kazmi hit the first century of the tournament - reaching the milestone in the last over - and Dastagir Butt scored 71. The South Africans' batting wasn't much better than their bowling as they staggered to 129/8. Only Kenny Jackson (38) and Arthur Moore (24 batting at 8) put up a fight.

Pakistan 274/5 (Kazmi 100*, D. Butt 71, Coller 3/60) beat South Africa 129/8 (Jackson 38, Hafeez 2/9) by 145 runs.

new zealand vs canada

Former county pro Adrian Dale batted superbly for 102 (105 balls) as NZ scored a strong 229 on a tired wicket at the beautiful Rosedale Oval.  He received good support from the reliable Robbie Kerr (50 off 40 balls). Canada were always up with the required rate, however, thanks to Brian Rajadurai (51) and Shantha Jayasekera (61). The lower order couldn't keep up with the pace, though, and Canada fell 14 runs short.

New Zealand 229/5 (Dale 102, Kerr 50, Mohammed 3/44) beat Canada 215 (S. Jayasekera 61, Rajadurai 51, Fulton 2/22) by 14 runs

Australia vs England

This highly anticipated Ashes contest was a bit of a fizzer, as Australia clinically outplayed England at Manly Oval. England's 167/9 was never likely to be enough as the top order failed once again. A couple of early wickets gave England some hope but 50s to Brown, Santostefano and Clark gave Australia an easy win with 10 overs and 7 wickets in hand.

England 167/9 (Foster 56, Myles 38, Gollan 3/40) lost to Australia 170/3 (Brown 56, Santostefano 54*, Clark 55*, Cooper 1/23) by 7 wickets.

Round 4 - November 26

 

Canada vs England

Canada were rolled for the lowest score of the tournament so far - 91 - at Allan Border Oval as the English seamers wrought havoc, led as usual by Steve Foster (3/17). England's fragile top order failed once more and the side was in trouble at 16/3. After top-scoring for the Canadians with 34, Mahmood Ahmed had the side's best bowling figures (3/18). Despite a few more wickets, England clawed their way home, reaching 92/7.

Canada 91 (Ahmed 34, Foster 3/17) lost to England 92/7 (Stratton 24, Ahmed 3/18) by 3 wickets.

sri lanka vs pakistan

In this match-up of one of the strongest top orders against some of the best opening bowlers, Sri Lanka's bowlers gained the early advantage. It was left to Pakistan's lower order to scrape together 178, with Amir Tauseef top-scoring from #10 with 34 from 22 balls. Sri Lanka made a steady start in response and must have fancied their chances at 62/2, but the Pakistani spinners strangled once more, taking 9 of the 10 wickets and guiding Pakistan to a comfortable 32-run win.

Pakistan 178 (Tauseef 34, Labrooy 3/26) beat Sri Lanka 146 (Fernando 40, Tarar 3/26) by 32 runs

New Zealand vs Wales

New Zealand needed a solid win to enhance its semi-final chances and got it with an 8-wicket victory over Wales. Only an 85-run stand for the 3rd wicket between Maddock and Jones gave Wales something to defend, as Peter Escott ran through the middle order with 4/13. NZ's new opening partnership of Richard Petrie (64*) and Mason Robinson (61) put on 121 to seal an easy win for the Kiwis.

Wales 153 (Jones 51, Maddock 35, Escott 4/13) lost to New Zealand 156/2 (Petrie 64*, Robinson 61, Murphy 2/36) by 8 wickets.

Australia vs SOUTH Africa

Australia's juggernaut rolled on at Hurstville Oval, beating the Rhinos by nearly 200 runs. Todd O'Keefe came agonisingly close to his side's first ever 100, being caught for 97, but strong performances throughout the order saw Australia hit an imposing 307/5. Chasing nearly 7 an over from the outset, South Africa fell over dramatically for 118. David Duncan scored 68 of those runs - the only batsman to reach double figures.

Australia 307/5 (O'Keefe 97, Brown 55, Ryan 51*, Marx 3/44) beat South Africa 118 (Duncan 68, Gollan 4/10) by 189 runs

Round 6 - November 30

 

New Zealand vs England

In this round, all teams went "away to the country" for a taste of cricket outside the city. At the Bradman Oval in Bowral, England met New Zealand in a key pre-semi-final match-up. England posted a strong total of 232/8, headlined by an aggressive 97 from Simon Myles (85 balls). New Zealand made another strong start and were 88/0 but had fallen slightly behind the required rate. The middle order couldn't capitalise on the start and Stephen Foster's 6/30 cemented his spot as the World Cup's best bowler.

England 232/8 (Myles 97, Nuttall 2/36) beat New Zealand 173 (Petrie 64, Foster 6/30) by 59 runs

South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's middling total of 187 was led by 61 from Lalin de Silva off 92 balls, with 3 sixes but no fours. Some good hitting at the end boosted Sri Lanka's score to one that proved way too much for the struggling South Africans. Three of their batsmen scored 16 but no one exceeded that score as the Rhinos lurched from 29/0 to 81 all out. Jakob Rambukwella took 5/18 and Roshan Ismail captured a hat-trick as the last 5 wickets fell for 13 runs.

Sri Lanka 187 (L. de Silva 61, Moore 2/19) beat South Africa 81 (Rambukwella 5/18) by 106 runs.

Canada vs Pakistan

Ex-international Shahid Anwar smashed 112 - the highest score of the World Cup to date - and Dastagir Butt 64 as Pakistan piled up 242/4 against Canada. The two combined for a 121-run partnership that put the game beyond Canada's reach. No one really got going for the men in red, with a few starts but no one dominating in the required fashion. Again, it was the Pakistani spinners who did the most damage, led by 3/21 from former Karachi all-rounder Zafar Ali.

Pakistan 242/4 (Anwar 112, D. Butt 64, Ahmed 2/42) beat Canada 136/9 (de Mel 33, Z. Ali 3/21) by 106 runs.

Australia vs wales

At Mandalong, the private ground of tournament director Stirling Hamman, Australia reached 195/6  on the back of 45 from Trent Ryan and 39* from Steve Gollan. John Kenchington bowled tightly (1/13 off 7 overs) but there wasn't a lot of penetration in the Welsh attack. On a slow wicket, the Australian bowlers expertly dried up the runs, with Tim Sargent (2/5 off 6), Greg Briggs (2/15 off 9) and Trent Ryan (4/12 off 4.2 to cap off a great all-round game) leading the way.

Australia 195/6 (Ryan 45, Gollan 39*, Hudson 2/28) beat Wales 113 (Jones 30, Ryan 4/12) by 82 runs.

Round 7 - December 2

 

Australia vs sri lanka

Australian captain Peter Solway rewrote the over-50s record books in this match. He went into the game as the all-time leading run-scorer in over-50s cricket and extended that lead with an outstanding 151*. His innings came off 130 balls and included 16 fours and 2 sixes. Solway put on 153 with Joe Santostefano (54) as Australia piled on 281/6. Sri Lanka were never in the hunt, despite 60 from ex-international Marlon Von Hagt, and the final margin was 97 runs.

Australia 281/6 (Solway 151*, Santostefano 54, Ismail 2/37) beat Sri Lanka 184 (Von Hagt 60, Harry 2/25) by 97 runs.

New Zealand vs south africa

New Zealand needed a convincing win to guarantee a semis berth and they got it, crushing South Africa by 8 wickets. As has been the trend, the Rhinos' batting was dominated by two batsmen - in this case, Marx and Koster, who added 90 - while only van der Rheede (31) put up any other resistance. NZ openers Petrie (70* - his third consecutive half-century) and Robinson (66) made another century stand to effectively kill the contest and cement their semi-final against Australia.

South Africa 176 (Marx 50, Koster 44, Fulton 2/15) lost to New Zealand 177/2 (Petrie 70*, Robinson 66*, van der Rheede 2/31) by 8 wickets

England vs Pakistan

Pakistan and England had already clinched semi-final spots, so this match was effectively a warm-up for the semi the next day, with both sides resting key players. England batted disappointingly to reach 137 - even the top-scorer Mel Hussein required 80 balls for his 35. Zafar Ali was again in the wickets, with 4/18 off 8 overs. Pakistan experiments with its batting lineup - and lost 7 wickets in the process - but still won fairly comfortably to maintain their unbeaten record.

England 137 (Hussein 35, Z. Ali 4/18) lost to Pakistan 141/7 (Qureshi 35, Abbas 35, Cooper 2/15) by 3 wickets

Wales vs canada

Canada won the toss and batted, then promptly lost both openers for ducks. Things didn't get much better thereafter as the side only scored 109. John Kenchinton was the main destroyer, taking 3/16 off 9 tight overs. Wales knocked off the target comfortably, with Neal Williams and Steve Maddock both grinding out 30s, before Mark Donovan hit 16 off 9 balls to seal the deal. This result saw Canada finish bottom of the table after the round robin and Wales 6th.

Canada 109 (Iqbal 34, Kenchington 3/16) lost to Wales 112/4 (Neal Williams 34, Ahmed 3/15) by 6 wickets

Playoffs

At the conclusion of the round robin series, the points table looked like this:

Round 5 had been washed out due to torrential rain. The rain had also affected the Round 6 matches, but these were rescheduled. However, it wasn't possible to also reschedule the Round 5 games. So, the teams split into two groups: the top 4 played off in a 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 scenario, while the bottom 4 played off as 5 vs 8 and 6 vs 7.

Semi-final 1: Australia vs New Zealand

This was a classic Trans-Tasman match-up between the established, all-conquering hosts and the upstarts from "across the ditch" who had just scraped into the semis. Australia had seen off all its opponents in the round-robin stage easily - except the doughty Kiwis, who had put up a good fight (losing by 2 wickets) and were now looking for an upset.

That seemed unlikely when the powerful Aussie openers crunched 48 off the first 6 overs on the fast Hurstville Oval outfield. Trent Ryan was particularly severe, at one stage hitting Lincoln Doull for three consecutive boundaries through extra cover. The loss of Gavin Brown, bowled by Adrian Dale, didn't slow things as it brought Pete Solway to the crease. Averaging over 100 in the tournament, Solway continued his imperious form and toyed with the Kiwi bowling. Ryan continued to crunch boundaries but he too was bowled by Dale, for a dominating 59 off 46 balls with 10 scorching fours. Solway and Tony Clark added 109 off 18 overs before Clark was run out - by Dale, inevitably - but Solway moved on to 88 (89 balls) and it was something of a surprise when he was out, caught by 'keeper Mason Robinson off Doull. Some strong hitting at the end took Australia to a massive score - in the context of this tournament - of 273/6. Dale was the best of the Kiwi bowlers (3/62 off 8), while Hamish Kember was the most economical (0/18 off 4).

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The Greycaps matched the Aussies' good start, with their in-form openers Robinson and Richard Petrie easing their way to 47 off 9 overs when Petrie was run out. Dale - the tournament's second-highest run-scorer after Solway - came to the crease and gradually got into his stride. He and Robinson were starting to bat nicely together when Robinson was adjudged LBW to Gollan and David Fulton fell cheaply too.

 

Robbie Kerr again batted with energy and put on 67 with Dale to keep NZ in touch with the required rate. However, Kerr's dismissal, followed by a 9-ball duck from the out-of-form skipper, Nigel Fletcher, slowed things down and left a lot on the shoulders of Dale. When he was caught off Tim Sargent for a wonderful 71, the Kiwis still need 81 off 11 overs and things seemed to be drifting away.

Pete Escott and Dean Askew had other ideas and kept NZ in touch with some clever batting. Still, with 47 needed off 9 overs, and then 25 off the last two, the odds were against the visitors with the last pair together. New Zealand needed 17 off the final over. Martin Pennefather scrambled a 2 and a single, then Doull hit a great boundary down the ground and a single. Eight need off two balls to tie. Pennefather smashed the ball down the ground for a 4 to bring it to the last ball: 6 to win and 4 to tie. He whacked it towards the mid-wicket boundary but not quite far enough and it fell into the safe hands of Gavin Brown to leave the Kiwis 4 runs short and send the Aussies into the final.

Australia 273/6 (Solway 88, Ryan 59, Dale 3/62) beat New Zealand 269/9 (Dale 76, Kerr 38, Sargent 4/65)

Watch the video of the final over here.

The full match scorecard can be found here.

 

Semi-final 2: Pakistan vs England

In the second semi-final, Pakistan and England met for the second time in two days. Both sides had rested some key players for the round robin match, with both having qualified, but were back to full strength for this knockout match at Rosedale Oval.

England won the toss and chose to bat first, but probably wished they hadn't as their top order failed yet again. Captain Gary Loveday and the aggressive Simon Myles both fell to Dastagir Butt before a run had been scored and then Scott Stratton was run out with the team score on 13/3. 

It was up to the tournament's top all-rounder, Stephen Foster, and Mel Hussein to steady the ship. This they did with a patient partnership of 96 for the fourth wicket. Foster fell for an assertive 71 and Raja Hayat then joined Hussein. Having scored 24, Hayat collapsed with what was initially believed to be a heart attack. An ambulance arrived to take him to hospital, where he remained for a couple of days, but he fortunately made a full recovery.

Eventually, England scored 184/5 from their 45 overs - a decent score on a tired and over-used pitch. 

England needed to start their bowling effort well against the stacked Pakistani batting lineup - and they did, removing Shahid Anwar (fresh off 112 against Canadain his last outing) and Javed Qureshi to have Pakistan 6/2. However, ex-ODI player Sajjid Ali, who had threatened a big innings all tournament, came through today with a superb century, scoring boundaries all around the wicket. He received support from Ghulam Ali (17), Ghaffar Kazmi (29) and Javed Hafeez (19) and Pakistan reached their target on the last ball of the 44th over.  

England 184/5 (Foster 71, Hussein 56, D. Butt 2/23) lost to Pakistan 185/5 (S. Ali 102*, Cooper 2/22) by 5 wickets.

For the full scorecard, please click here.

 

Plate semi 1: South Africa v Wales

Old Kings Oval in Parramatta was the venue for the Plate semi-final between Wales (who finished round robin in 6th place) and South Africa, who finished 7th. 

Wales opened with the potentially confusing pair of Neal Williams and Neil Williams, but one of them only lasted two balls, and then Wales' leading run-scorer, Steve Maddock fell for 6. The South Africans had perhaps been the side hardest hit by injury, but they bowled with renewed vigour and no Welsh partnership was worth more than 36. Lee Williams top-scored with 40 but no one else really got going and Wales could only manage 157. 

South Africa's batting also clicked as a group for the first time in a while; there were no major scores but plenty of good ones. The Rhinos' best batsman in the World Cup, David Duncan, hit 42 and was there at the end when the winning runs were scored. South Africa had lost to Wales in the round robin but exacted revenge here when it counted, winning by 5 wickets and moving through to the Plate Final.

Wales 157 (Williams 40, Rippon 2/23) lost to South Africa 158/5 (Duncan 42, Koster 32, Hudson 1/20) by 5 wickets.

The full scorecard can be found here.

 

Plate semi 2: Sri Lanka v Canada

At Merrylands Oval, Sri Lanka - who had narrowly missed out on a Cup semi-final spot - took on Canada, who had not won a single game in the round robin stage and had finished at the foot of the table. It looked, on paper, like Sri Lanka would stroll through to the final.

However, the Sri Lankans probably hadn't factored in Rudy Gibson, whose dangerous inswingers sliced the top off the batting lineup. Gibson took the first four wickets to fall en route to figures of 4/34 off his 9 overs. Only Marlon Von Hagt - hitting form at the tail-end of the tournament with 52 - and Roshan Ismail (35 batting at #9) made significant contributions as Sri Lanka ended on 163/8. 

 

Canada made sure that they wouldn't be tripped up by this potentially tricky target. Brian Rajadurai batted through the innings for 58 not out, with support from Syed Rafiullah (27) and Rohan Jayasekera (34), as Canada romped home by 7 wickets with over 10 overs in hand.

This meant that the teams finishing 7th and 8th in the round-robin stage had both reached the Plate Final.

Sri Lanka 163/8 (Von Hagt 52, Ismail 35, Gibson 4/34) lost to Canada 166/3 (Rajadurai 58*, R. Jayasekera 34, Rambukwella 1/19) by 7 wickets.

The full scorecard can be found here.

 

Plate Final - Canada vs South Africa

Brian McLean and Peter Marx started slowly but surely for South Africa, putting on 38 for the first wicket before Rudy Gibson had McLean out caught. Fresh from a 4-wicket haul the day before in the semi, Gibson was again the destroyer, taking another 4-wicket bag and finishing with 4/32. Only Marx (40) and captain Roy Meeser (22) scored more than 20. The run out of their main batsman, David Duncan, by Asad Khan didn't help. The Rhinos never really got going and were bowled out for 128 off the penultimate ball of the 45th over. Apart from Gibson, the spinners Mahmood Ahmed (2/23) and Brian Rajadurai (2/16) bowled tightly and penetratively.

In the Canadian response, opener Rajadurai was caught without a run on the board and Syed Rafiullah fell for 9 to have Canada 29/2. But then Roy Singh (58*) and Rohan Jayasekera (39), who had both had quiet tournaments to date, put on 82 to the verge of victory.

It was a wonderful way for the Canadians to finish after ending the round robin stage in last place.

South Africa 128 (Marx 44, Meeser, 22, Gibson 4/32) lost to Canada 129/4 (Singh 58*, R. Jayasekera 39, Moore 4/34) by 6 wickets.

 

See the full scorecard here.

 

World Cup Final

As hoped, this was a classic final between the world's best over-50s cricketing nations. Both sides had cruised through the round robin stages unbeaten and their scheduled Round 5 clash had been cancelled due to bad weather, so there was no history between them. Australia had relied heavily on their top 6 - particularly their top 3, including captain Peter Solway, who was averaging over 100 before today - and a fit pace attack. Pakistan also had strength at the top of the order, plus a number of canny spinners.

Pakistan won the toss and asked Australia to bat on a Drummoyne Oval pitch that was much greener than most of the ones seen during the tournament. This decision paid immediate dividends as Dastagir Butt dismissed Gavin Brown and then - crucially - bowled Solway for only 4 runs. Sagheer Abbas then bowled the dangerous Trent Ryan to have Australia tottering at 26/3. 

It was up to the cool heads of Joe Santostefano (33) and local first-grade legend Tony Clark (44) to build a partnership. This they did, adding 68 before Santostefano was caught by Sagheer off Imtiaz Tarar. Some steady contributions from Todd O'Keefe (25), Darren Hill (17, including two huge sixes) and Steve Gollan (with a six of his own) gave Australia something to bowl at - 165.

Pakistan started their chase in a hurry: Javed Qureshi hit a six and two fours in his quickfire 17, but was caught by Clark off John Short with the score on 20. Shahid Anwar fell just four runs later. Fresh off his semi-final century against England, Sajjid Ali smashed a boundary but tried to repeat the shot immediately and was caught by Darren Smith. When Ghulam Ali was LBW to Tony Clark, Pakistan were suddenly 38/4, with two of their four century-makers dismissed. The two others, Ghaffar Kazmi and Sagheer Abbas, fell with the score on 66, Sagheer for a golden duck, and Pakistan were in deep trouble on a wicket that was still helping the seamers. Things didn't get much better and at 94/9 it looked like the final would be a lopsided victory for the hosts.

Babar Butt and Imtiaz Tarar had other ideas, however. They took a much more measured approach than the top-order batsmen, and sensibly pushed the ball around; run rate was never going to be an issue. Australia tried spin and pace but couldn't grab the final wicket. As Pakistan inched closer, the strong Pakistani contingent in the crowd became louder and the confident Aussies started to get worried. Babar and Imtiaz looked in full control. Then, with just 3 runs required and the odds well and truly back in Pakistan's favour, John Short thudded one into Babar's pads. The umpire's finger went up and Australia had emerged victorious.

It was a wonderfully tense, low-scoring final that put the icing on a tremendous tournament.

Australia 165 (Clark 44, Santostefano 33, Qureshi 3/25) beat Pakistan 162 (B. Butt 46, Tarar 28*, Short 3/27) by 3 runs.

See the full scorecard here.